e-Learning for Educators
|Universal Design for Learning (UDL)/Special Students in Regular Classrooms*|
This workshop provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and strategies for implementing a UDL approach in instructional settings. Universal Design for Learning is an approach to teaching and learning and the development of curriculum and assessment that draws on current brain research and new media technologies to respond to individual differences. This workshop is designed to acquaint participants with UDL principles and provide practical, hands-on experience using software tools and digital media for learning support. Participants will explore how these tools can be incorporated into their classroom practice and plan a lesson that uses these tools.
* This course is available to full time classroom teachers as well as teachers who have held certification who are not currently in the classroom.
This course provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and strategies for implementing a UDL approach in instructional settings. Universal Design for Learning is an approach to teaching and learning and the development of curriculum and assessment that draws on current brain research and new media technologies to respond to individual differences. This course is designed to acquaint participants with UDL principles and provide practical, hands-on experience using software tools and digital media for learning support. Participants will explore how these tools can be incorporated into their classroom practice and plan a lesson that uses these tools.
Goals and Objectives
During this course, participants will learn skills and strategies to:
Understand the basic principles of Universal Design for Learning;
Address diverse learning needs in the 21st century;
Extend learning opportunities for all students through digital technologies and explore a variety of these tools;
Develop strategies to universally design classroom assessments;
Understand how differentiated instruction relates to UDL; and
Analyze curriculum barriers and develop a plan to address these barriers using UDL principles.
This course is designed for teachers, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and be proficient with using email and web-browsers.
This course is divided into seven one-week sessions: an Orientation and six content-based sessions. Each content session includes readings, activities, and an online discussion among course participants. The time for completing each content session is estimated to be between 6.5 to 7 hours.
Upon successful completion of this course, Special Students in Regular Classrooms/UDL, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant by attachment to the Final Project Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.
Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University or Concord University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.
Participation in all session discussion forums;
Completion of the course’s final project, submitted to the course dropbox and posted in the appropriate discussion forum; and
Completion of the orientation and final course surveys.
Readings and Activities
You will be asked to peer review other participants' projects in the Discussions using PQP. The PQP Help Guide will assist you to complete this successfully. Your project will be posted to the Discussion Forum by Sunday during Sessions Three and Six for PQP. Participants are required to follow the guidelines within the course and make constructive suggestions about colleague’s work when asked.
Participants will identify specific WV NxG CSOs for English Language Arts, Social Studies and Mathematics. All other subject area will utilize the WV Content Standards and Objectives (http://wvde.state.wv.us/csos/) for their subject area as they engage in course content. The WV 21st Century Technology Tools will also be referenced in the course project.
This course meets the standards for Content, Instructional Design, and Technology as defined in the National Standards of Quality for Online Courses, published by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).
This course provides teachers with an opportunity to meet the Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership standard as defined in the National Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Teachers, published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
About this Course
This course was developed by EdTech Leaders Online at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.
Last update: December 2014
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